Tuesday Trivia


Haven’t yet gotten around to crafting some Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions? Or, like Maxine, have you broken them all already?

A full year ago, my friend Thomas MacEntee wrote a blog post wherein he came up with a list of seven “Cs” for Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. CLEAN: Take inventory, get organized, and clean out!
  2. COLLECT:  Create a solid system for keeping track of gene info.
  3. CURATE: Review source material… is it true or false?
  4. CONNECT: Don’t get stuck on one source….connect with libraries, archives and other genealogists.
  5. CREATE: Write up a concise proof for each fact and relationship.
  6. CONSERVE: Have multiple backup plans!
  7. CONTINUE: “Basically,” said Thomas, “this is the rinse-and-repeat cycle.”

Whatever YOU come up with for YOUR Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions, I hope you stick to them and by next December can be proud of your progress.


Monday Mystery

It’s a mystery to me………… the experts proclaim that not one snowflake in 100 Bezillion is like another. (Has anybody looked at 100 bezillion??) Given for Christmas a cool book all about snowflakes, how they form and how to photograph them. Mysteriously interesting. One really cool factoid: Anybody, with a handheld magnifying glass and a black surface, can go outside and see the mystery that is a snowflake. 

Somehow I think our ancestors had a very different opinion of a snowflake than we do today……… we who sit warm and dry. 

Friday Serendipity

Did anybody take advantage of the subscription offer from Rick Cree of Internet Magazine?????? YOU, right along with WSGS, would benefit!

Hi Donna,  This is a great idea.

I have temporarily reduced the one year new subscription price to $20, but normally it is $27.95. Just so you know, Ed and I normally only offer the $20 at the big conferences.
In any case, you can send your readers to https://internet-genealogy.com or https://yourgenealogytoday.com and the option for a $20 1 year subscription is available through the regular channels. This applies to all three of our magazines.
In order for us to give you back the $3 per subscription, it is imperative that they indicate the code WSGS. This will have to be put in the area where we ask for their ID number (the actual wording on the box is: If available, please include your subscription ID number when renewing your subscription…).
I hope this helps.   Rick

Rick Cree
Associate Publisher
Moorshead Magazines Ltd
Publisher of Your Genealogy Today, Internet Genealogy, History Magazine

Wednesday Nostalgia

I never trek from Spokane to Port Angeles to visit family without a stop at the Port Gamble Cemetery (properly Buena Vista Cemetery). Established in 1856 the folks resting there arrived from many varied and distant shores.

Gustave Englebrecht was born in Germany and lies resting half way around the world here in Port Gamble. His tombstone reads “COX U.S.Navy, Indian Wars, November 23, 1856.”  His must have been one of the first burials here.  So stop by the next time you just skip on through this lovely historic old town. 

Tuesday Trivia

I already knew I was dumber
Than the fifth graders…
But now it’s the



Which Way is the bus below traveling?

To the left or to the right? 
Can’t make up your mind?
Look carefully at the picture

Still don’t know? 
Pre-schoolers all over the United States
Were shown this picture and asked

The same question.
92% of the pre-schooler’s gave
This answer.

“The bus is traveling to the left.” 
When asked, “Why do you think the bus is traveling to

The left?”
They answered: 
Because you can’t see the door to get

On the bus.” 
How do you feel

I know, me too.

Have a nice day

Monday Mystery

What’s the biggest event predicted for 2018? Now THAT’s a mystery!

According to Baba Vanga (1911-1996) a blind mystic living in the Balkans who made predictions far into the future and many of her predictions did come forth. One of her predictions for 2018 is that “a new form of energy” will be discovered on Venus. So who believes her??? Tiz a mystery!

Tuesday Trivia

Most all genealogists used the FamilySearch website. We also use Ancestry, Find-My-Past, MyHeritage, and a host of other website containing user-submitted family trees.

How many of us look with a careful, critical eye to the information we find amidst the branches on those online family trees? Do we swallow every new name, date and places as if it were “good medicine?” Or do we stop, slow down and ask questions.

I was Internet-searching in the above named databases thinking to further the lineage of James Paschal. Here’s an entry I found on FamilySearch, copied faithfully as I spotted it:

James Paschal

1742 – Midd, NJ

1792 – North, Carolina, Puerto Rico, USA

What on earth was that dear soul submitter thinking??? That’s more than a simple “finger jerk” goof.

The point is here to yes, search those family-tree-user-submitted online databases but consider carefully what you find. At best you’ll find really goofy stuff and at best you’ll find great clues. Not final answers without further research. But you all knew that right?

Monday Mystery

Ah, yes, Christmas (or similar celebrations) are just around the corner. The strains of “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire……” come to mind. What do you really know about chestnuts? Are they edible? Song says so. How to prepare them?

Chestnuts, also called Buckeyes back east, are a deciduous tree in the Beech family and have been grown for food since at last 2000 BC. If you’re really interested, Google “how to prepare chestnuts for eating,” and you’ll get lots of how-to tips. You will also get posts that chestnuts are NOT tasty and might even be poisonous.

What are tasty are Ohio Buckeye candies……….. Google the recipe. Now there is something worth the preparation effort!

Friday Serendipity

Between 1890 and 1900, Spokane increased population by 85%. Seattle increased by 88%.  Population of Spokane in 1880 was 350; in 1890 is was 19,922; by 1900 it was 36,848. By contrast, in 1880 Seattle didn’t exists; in 1890 its population was 42,837; by 1900 it was 80,671.  Spokane and King counties were the two most populous counties in the states.

King:  1890/63,989  —  1900/110,653

Spokane: 1890/37,487  —  1900 57, 542

The smallest county, by population, was Franklin.

I gleaned these facts from the book, Our Republic, by Edward S. Ellis, published in 1900, 567 pages and included “the official census of 1900 statistics.”

A gem I found in Ellis’ book was this quote:  “One of the strange facts that no one fully understands is that while God created men in His own image, He made so wide a difference in their color and looks….” Amen to that, Mr. Ellis.

Friday Serendipity

Signs posted up along the walls in a high school classroom in Arlington, Washington, that I think could apply to each of us, every day and in every activity. We are never too old to learn!


I don’t understand.                              What am I missing?

I cannot do that.                                    I’m going to train my brain to it!

That’s good enough.                              Is this really my best?

I give up.                                                   I’ll use some stuff I’ve already learned.

I’m not good at this.                                I’m on the right track!

I’ll never be as smart as (   ).                  I’m going to figure out what (   ) does

and try that.

I can’t make this any better.                   But I can try harder!

This is too hard.                                        This may take more time and effort.

I made a mistake.                                     Mistakes help me improve.